A Research Project on Hybrid Experiences

Parrot AR Drone 2.0

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Parrot AR Drone 3The Parrot AR.Drone is a radio controlled flying quadrotor helicopter built by the French company Parrot. The drone is designed to be controlled with iOS and Android devices. Through a built-in HD camera, the user can see and record whatever the Drone sees.

AR.Drone is made of plastic and foam and is about 30 cm long. It connects to an iOS or Android device using Wi-Fi to control its actions. The Drone has two cameras which can be viewed through the device’s screen. This HD video stream can also be recorded on a USB drive. In addition, the Drone has the ability to recognize 3D stages, is compatibility with augmented reality flying games, and has an ultrasound altimeter that lets it hover.

AR.Drone is demoed with two games, a virtual combat called “DRONE WAR” with solo and multiplayer mode and a “ROBOT” solo game demo against a virtual Robot. Parrot has also launched ARdrone.org open API (application programming interface) game development platform, to encourage game studios and developers to make software for the Drone.


Author: Heikki Tyni

Heikki Tyni is a researcher at Tampere University Game Research Lab. His work concentrates on the game industry, and specifically on game production studies.

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